Friday, May 27, 2011

Laughing without the weed

Now see folks, this is what I mean about Laughing for a Living. Last night my assignment was "Reefer Madness" at Actors' Theatre and I can't imagine a more ridiculous show. We're not talking the vaguely silly pot parties you may remember from the '60s, this is total abandon, rip-roarin' ridiculous, with zombies in the aisles and Jesus coming down from the cross and just about any other crazy thing an addled brain can come up with. Wait till you see what Justin Kilduff does with a wastecan! Only bad thing is the audience is laughing so hard you might miss some of the ridiculous rhyming lyrics.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Rumors of Reefer Madness

I have a confession to make. I'm a ditz. People who know me, know it is true. I remember things by initials, like people's names, but when two people have the same first and last initials, anything can happen and usually does. This time I have confused two upcoming plays -- Rumors and Reefer Madness -- opening a week apart and starting with the same letter. To make things worse, the director of Reefer Madness is Chris Grooms who works at Circle Theatre where Rumors will be staged and the director of Rumors is Tom Kaechele whose office is in Spectrum Theater where Reefer Madness will be staged. I tried to set up an interview with Tom about Reefers but he sent me to Chris who laughed, answered my questions about Reefers but, in his job as marketing director for Circle, turned around and sent me a release for Rumors. I promise to get it all straightened out in time to get a story in Sunday's paper about Reefer Madness (or was it Rumors?)

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Laughing, and all that jazz

Lots of laughter ahead today. Meeting my friend Marlene to go see handsome hunk John O'Hurley in "Chicago." Yes, then I have to 'work,' which means decide if the Family Feud host sings as good as he looks. Is this tour worth your time? That's the question I'll have to ask. Oh, it's a hard job!

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Tears instead of laughs, but it's a living.

Well, now it is Laughing and Crying for a Living. Just did an unscheduled interview with Ciaran Sheehan, an Irish tenor and Broadway performer who'll be singing at a fundraising gala for Broadway Grand Rapids on May 17. Nice guy, and not a bad singer either. On his Website he has a video singing "Bring Him Home" from Les Miz and it brought tears to my eyes. So, if you're planning to go to the BGR gala, bring your tissues.

Laughing for a Living week!

Just finished writing a story for Sunday's paper about John O'Hurley. What an amazing range of interests -- and good looks too! Then I'm getting ready to review "How to Succeed In Business Without Really Trying" at Circle Theatre on Thursday. Doesn't that sound like a hard night's work? NOT! I forgot to mention that reviewing Heritage Theatre's "Les Liaisons Dangereuses" last week was a perfect example of Laughing for a Living. What a fun show. Great script, well acted, comfortable, casual surroundings. It was so much fun, that I'm going back Friday night with friends. What a way to work!

Monday, May 2, 2011

Laughing on Amazon

Laughing for a Living is now available on Amazon and Kindle. Take your pick.